New theme park in Michigan?

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 1:28 PM
I ran accross an article about a new theme park that might be built in grayling Michigan.

It mentions that the park(if built), would be themed like a main street USA, or a six flags park.

I am sure we can all agree that it will not be a six flags park.

Fixed spelling error....sorry I spelled a word wrong. *** Edited 12/20/2006 11:08:28 PM UTC by crazy horse***

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 2:14 PM
Article. Come on man... Firefox has a spell checker, give it a whirl.

That story comes up monthly and most people are still skeptical. That region can't support a new park.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 2:34 PM
LOLOLOLzzzz you spelled something wrong! ZOMG! I cant believe people like you make mistakes crazy horse, let me interject how superior i am because I noticed it!

Anyway... i think it would be pretty hard to get a good theme park going anywhere near MIA and CP. This part of town is a bit saturated. However, if they're going to put in a nice coaster for me to ride i guess i'm all for it!

Interesting artical though.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 2:47 PM
Don't expect this to happen anytime soon. Just like nearly all new park rumors, and this one doesn't even make sense.

And Linden, Jeff is right, if you are going to do any type of posting on this board, you should be able to know how to spell (especially an obvious word such as article), or even if you don't, have the know how to use a spellchecker on your message. There's plenty of other forums on the Internet if you want to discuss things like an 8 year old.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 3:22 PM
A typo/misspelling is far from pancake-level 8 year old trolling.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006 5:06 PM
Some people come home from work/school after 8 hours of having to act 100% professional, and they dont really want to take the time to spellcheck everything they do, especially on a coaster forum where *most* people wouldn't give a second glance at something like that.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006 5:15 PM
the idea that the region can't support a park is not correct. A park that would be open for the three month tourist season would be horribly successful in Grayling. Look at all the resort areas within a very close drive of Grayling.

As most Michiganders will tell you, things are nuts up that way during the Summer vacation season.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 5:19 PM
Jeff, I don't know how you can say with such certainty that the area in question "can't support a theme park." I'm not saying that I am expecting this to happen any time soon or even ever. I also would not be personally brave (or rich) enough to make this kind of gamble. That does not, however, mean that a park can't be supported.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006 5:41 PM

ApolloAndy said:
A typo/misspelling is far from pancake-level 8 year old trolling.

I even draw the line between typos and flat-out incorrect spelling.

I'm a master of the typo. Usually the quicker the thoughts flow from my head, the more typos you'll see. I try to catch them and edit posts, but many slip through. It's merely a drawback in the human/computer interface.

What scares me (not just here, but on the net in general) is how many people don't know how to spell common words or basic level words. It's really frightening in a society that is uses the written word to communicate so much. I'm often amazed at how little grasp of the language so many people have. Words are visual representation of ideas. It doesn't matter how great your idea is if you do not possess the skill to share it.

In this case it really doesn't affect the post much beyond the initial chuckle evoked upon noticing the spelling. But still, I understand Jeff's frustration 100%.

I say it now and then, but I believe it entirely, so I'll say it again:

If you don't have enough respect for your ideas to make sure they are coveyed clearly to others, how can you expect others to respect your ideas?

In this case, that doesn't hold so true, but to me there's a lesser, more subtle effect on the perception of the person posting misspellings of such common words.

(Wow, that might have been too cerebral for even me :) )

Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:24 AM

It doesn't matter how great your idea is if you do not possess the skill to share it.

I'll go one step further: 9 times out of 10, a poorly communicated idea is also a poorly conceived one.

My Ph.D. students are all bright people. Those who are native English speakers also have a reasonable command of written English. When they come to me with crap on a page, it's often not because they were in a hurry when they wrote it. It's usually because the underlying idea is crap, and hasn't been carefully thought out yet. After a five minute conversation, this becomes clear, and we start trying to hammer out the idea rather than hammer out the prose.

My non-native speakers are much more challenging to supervise, because sometimes the idea really is there, but the text just doesn't convey it.

If you take the time to carefully craft your prose, you inevitably take the time to carefully craft your idea. And, it's the idea that matters.

-brian, your friendly neighborhood pedagogue.

Thursday, December 21, 2006 11:45 AM
I don't UM-D they don't appear to be able to read, let alone spell.
Thursday, December 21, 2006 12:12 PM
Since it seems to be "topical", I'd like to suggest taking it a BIT easy on the people we don't "know" yet. Some of the people who come across as having poor grammar/spelling are actually non-native to the English language. I'd HATE to think of how stupid *I* would look posting on a Spanish-language forum, LOL. ;)

Then again, I 'd like to believe I'm the *one in ten* that Brian's referring to as capable of HAVING good ideas, but still falling short on the *communicating* them properly... :~P

I guess I'm ALSO still learning this language... ;)

Thursday, December 21, 2006 12:39 PM
Yeah, but you can't tell me you don't want to bang your head against the wall when someone talks about a 'verticle' loop or the trim 'breaks' or how someone might 'loose' their cell phone on a ride.

'Irregardless' of your take, I can 'definiately' 'guarentee' you that I find it frustrating. :)

(Then again, I'm the dork who used to browse the dictionary for fun as a kid...and occasionally still do.)

Thursday, December 21, 2006 12:47 PM
LOL, I thought I was the only one who "read" the dictionary as a kid...

The downside, not really a "social" activity...
The upside, I'm my own walking thesaurus... :)

And yes, once I can ID that the person in question is an American with at least an 8th-grade education, THEN I do indeed want to bang my head... ;)

*** Edited 12/21/2006 5:59:03 PM UTC by rollergator***

Thursday, December 21, 2006 1:09 PM
Besides, the guy in question has been here for years under many screen names. He's hothitz2000!
Thursday, December 21, 2006 1:58 PM
For gods sake people!!!!

I spelled a word wrong, so I fixed it. So get over it.

At the time I wrote it, my daughter was crying and I had to go and check on her. When I came back to read the post and saw that I had spelled a word wrong, I fixed it.

I apoligize to some of you that lost sleep over this.

And so what if I changed my screen name? I got sick of the old name. Does that bother you? Is that why you changed my signiture Jeff?

Can we get back to the thread now?

As for the area being saturated, I dont think it is. The only theme parks in that part of town are Michigans adventure and cedarpoint, and both are 3 hours or more of a drive.

Thursday, December 21, 2006 2:20 PM
Everyone is guilty of the occasional typo/ letter transposition. But...

like Gonch said, when you see certain words misspelled the same way over and over, you know that person truly believes that's how the word is spelled. That's annoying, and...

Don't even get me started on to/too/two, their/there/they're, your/you're, and its/it's...

Saying you're in a hurry is no excuse. Don't you actually look at your post on the monitor before and after you submit it? You should. And saying it's just a coaster forum isn't an excuse either. If this site is important enough to you to spend time reading and posting, it should be as important to state your ideas clearly and cleanly.

That being said, almost as annoying as the language skill issues is the glee with which some people in here find and point out errors. What's with all the in your face crap in here lately anyway? If you feel the need to correct someone, do you have to be so nasty about it? Better yet, why not send the person a PM? I'm sure you wouldn't like it if people called you out on the carpet in front of everyone.

P.S. Merry frickin' Christmas. ;)

Thursday, December 21, 2006 2:26 PM

RatherGoodBear said: What's with all the in your face crap in here lately anyway?

it's called the off-season, and it happens every year...well, to those people who don't live where the weather's nice and the parks are open... ;)

edited for a stupid typo: LOL! You would be hard-pressed to find a complaint from me about typos, I make 'em as much as, or more than, anybody...then again, I post more, so... ;) *** Edited 12/21/2006 7:31:05 PM UTC by rollergator***

Thursday, December 21, 2006 5:07 PM
No way. This will never happen. This area does not have the population, financial stability, or any other reason to visit besides Hartwick Pines. What a waste of money this would be.

Let's bring back Autoworld....another disastrous debut in Michigan.

Thursday, December 21, 2006 5:18 PM
Thanks for the clarification, gator. I just thought it was because people got crabby when they weren't getting any. :)

(Now let's see where this thread goes.)


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